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Official Identity Cards for Teachers and Principals on Teachers Day

For the first time in the history of Sri Lanka, an official Identity Card is being issued to the teachers and principals under the Ministry of Education. A ceremony was held to present teachers and principals with an official Identity Card at the Ministry of Education under the patronage of the Minister of Education Dinesh Gunawardena recently. Until then, no official identity card had been issued to teachers and principals by the Ministry of Education. Present Minister of Education Dinesh Gunawardena had taken steps to issue teachers and principals with an official identity card with the objective of giving due recognition and respect to the persons who deserve such recognition and respect for the services they render.
The President Gotabaya Rajapaksa and Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa sent their congratulatory messages for this initiative and the Ministers of Education Susil Premjayanth, VijithaBerugoda and Dr. Sita Arambepola, Member of the Advisory Committee member parliamentarian Yadhamini Gunawardena, Secretary to the Ministry of Education Professor Kapila Perera, offiicals of the Ministry of Education, teachers and principals graced this occasion.
Speaking at this ceremony, Minister of Education Dinesh Gunawardena said, “I wish to take this opportunity to express the gratitude of our nation for the services rendered by the teachers who is a strength to the future of a nation being the heart and soul of revival of education. In President’s message he mentioned that as per the Vision for Prosperity due respect to teachers would be restored.
While fighting to control the Covid-19 pandemic, which is devastating the lives and economies throughout the world we are nearing the success of President’s vision. Therefore, we have an opportunity to felicitate the teachers and to restore their respect.
It is the teacher who moulds a good citizen by giving the knowledge other than the wisdom to our children. Therefore we have to offer them due respect. At the same time we have to dedicate ourselves to guarantee the safety of teachers and ensure their protection. I earnestly request the co-operation of teachers for us to fulfill our duty and responsibility towards the respectability of teachers with the coordination of me, as the Minister of Education, State Minister of Education and Ministry Officials.
We anticipate to fulfill our duty and responsibility towards the wellbeing of the teachers.
Likewise, the teachers too have their responsibility to fulfill the aspirations of 4.3 million children yearning for a bright future.

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